Looking for Skilled Workers? Hire Creative and Performing Artists.

by | Apr 20, 2024 | Human Resources Management, Organizational Development, Workplace, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

At our blog here at HarmoniousWorkplaces.com, I’ve written several articles about workplaces and music ensembles. I was a visual art major at UChicago during my undergraduate studies, and my experience as an amateur musician and professional graphic artist has led to my career in marketing. So, I have a keen interest in creatives at work.

As I think about the people in my life – including my family and friends, I can’t help but believe that employers can derive a ton of value by employing other creatives, including visual artists, musicians, actors, and signers. Creative people possess a knack for problem-solving, communication, and project management.

Furthermore, researchers say:

  • Visual artists have the ability to decode and illustrate stories for better comprehension and to help brand experiences to consumers (Woodside, 2016) 
  • Musicians who have performed in ensembles such as bands, orchestras, or other music groups may become some of the best collaborators. Some employers even employ group music-making as team-building intervention (Stevens, 2003)
  • Actors can train others in acting simulations to help employees navigate various scenarios found on the job (Arciniega et al., 2021)
  • Singers tend to exhibit high levels of extraversion, agreeableness, and openness, which can suit many roles in sales, management, customer service, and leadership (Sandgren, 2019).

Consider adding creative people to your workforce for more Harmonious Workplaces.

At the SIOP 2024 Conference, I had the opportunity to perform with other very talented professionals, including comedians, dancers, a poet, and singers. Science plus business acumen plus the arts create a formidable workforce! Thank you, Dr. Detinee Prete for the encouragement to get on the stage!


Arciniega, L. M., Servitje, A., & Woehr, D. J. (2021). Impacting the bottom line: Exploring the effect of a self‐efficacy oriented training intervention on unit‐level sales growth. Human Resource Development Quarterly, 32(4), 559–576. https://doi-org.libauth.purdueglobal.edu/10.1002/hrdq.21433

Sandgren, M. (2019). Exploring personality and musical self-perceptions among vocalists and instrumentalists at music colleges. Psychology of Music, 47, 465 – 482. https://doi.org/10.1177/0305735618761572.

Stevens, C. (2003). The Art and Heart of Drum Circles. Hal Leonard.

Woodside, A. (2016). Creating Visual Narrative Art for Decoding Stories. , 85-105. https://doi.org/10.1108/978-1-78560-461-420152017.

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